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Even if they head to world court, we’ll defeat them—Oshiomhole teases PDP
ADAMS Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says he’s confident his party will maintain its victory at the 2019 presidential election even if the opposition party takes its case to the “world court” or Supreme Court.
Oshiomhole passed the remark on Thursday while addressing State House correspondents. He was in the company of women leaders of the ruling party who had paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him over the ruling of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
The petition against Buhari’s victory filed by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, was dismissed on Wednesday by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.
“We as a party we are confident that if it is within the Nigerian law for PDP to go even to the world court, we will meet them there. The Supreme Court of Nigeria is not that of PDP or the APC, the Supreme Court is governed by law and is to interpret the evidence before the court of Appeal,” Oshiomohole said.
‘They are not at liberty to introduce new issues neither can they bring in new witnesses. So, if it is what I heard yesterday which I believe you also heard, thanks to the media, most Nigerians were detained for eight hours listening to arguments of the judges one after the other.
“Even though we thought it was getting longer and longer but we realised that they tried to deal with the issues raised, even the ones you and I as a layman will consider inconsequential, they dealt with each of them, trashed them and arrived at a conclusion.
“So, I don’t want to sound arrogant. Yesterday (Wednesday), I said that I hope this whole contestation is about Nigeria who actually won the election and both parties are committed to building Nigeria and is not about who should be given the key.”
He said, now that the tribunal has reached a decision, “it is time to queue behind the winner and move on”.
“Our winner is the best example that losing an election is not tantamount to the end of your political life. He lost three and today he is the president,” the APC chairman added.
“But, when I see the arrogance with which they pronounce and they bring what I call television lawyers, who pronounced with some managerial finality as if they are judges even without any evidence before them, let me now say authoritatively, we are now ready to meet them.
“President Buhari is now ready to meet defeated Atiku Abubakar at the Supreme Court and the APC is ready to meet the PDP at the Supreme Court and Adams Oshiomhole is ready to meet my brother Secondus at the Supreme Court and he will take second and I will take first, in shaa Allah.”